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AleSmith IPAAleSmith IPA

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AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-29-2002

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Photo of BillyB
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For such a big IPA I was impressed with the drinkability of this one. Not just the alcohol content but also the amount of hops.

Poured a burnt golden color with a thick off-white head.

Very complex hop aromas, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and some spice.

Taste is a meld of citrus,floral and piney bitterness with a slightly sweet malt backbone.

Slick mouth coating syrupy mouthfeel but then finishes a bit dry. A very interesting IPA.

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Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: 1+ finger of off white head thats alive with carbonation. Hazy, golden raisin pour. Seems about a shade darker than most IPAs. Head dies down to about a 1/4inch for most of the drink.

S: Citrus Hops, grapefruit and orange standing out. Kind of oily fruits. Little bit of floral hoppiness mixed in. As it warms further you can get a hint of the malty sweetness.

T/M: Citrus hops pop out right away. Hops are kept at a moderate level. Malts nearly equal the hops with their sweetness. Not overly sweet but there. Malts not adding much bready or graininess. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: Very complex IPA that drinks easily. There are other cheaper and readily available IPAs in the area so I probably won't get this again unless I'm further out west. Good nonetheless.

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Photo of klewis
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to IntriqKen and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for this one. What a great way to end a season of beer betting.

A: Pours a light golden with a moderate frothy head. Great head sustain and lacing that covers the glass.

S: Huge smell that can be detected from literally several feet away. Lots of hops - mostly grassy and piney, but some citrus notes as well.

T: Big multi-layered hop flavor with equal parts of floral, grassy, and citric flavors. Despite the massive hop taste, it is surprisingly well-balanced with a very nice caramel malt character. The bitterness is there but is subdued and timid, a quality that makes the flavors in this one shine. Excellent.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky and a bit dry.

D: A fantastic IPA. If this beer existed in a cheaper, less alcoholic form, I doubt I would drink much else.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale cloudy light amber body with big fluffy white head that retains 3 fingers very well. While sipping head only fades to one finger and maintains that through all 22oz. Lots of lacing is left behind in the glass. Perfect appearance for an IPA. I love the look of a fine bottle conditioned ale.

S- Ahh. A fresh bouquet of hops hits the nose first. A good balance of floral, piny, citrus, and earthy. Subtle caramel malt backbone.

T- Mostly citrus and some piny hops upfront with a subtle caramel malt backbone. Citrus hops fade for the finish and piny and floral hops take over for a refreshing hop flavor kick. What lingers is a hop spiciness and sweet caramel malt. The whole flavor from start to finish has a bitter overtone. Lingering bitterness is medium.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Oily, smooth, and creamy. The hops and bottle conditioned yeast do their job well here.

D- This is a great IPA. Drinkable and good all around. Something I will have again. ABV is undetectable in this brew. Though the bitterness is definitely present it is kept in balance with the hop flavor-which is what this IPA is all about. I look forward to trying other offerings from AleSmith.

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Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this back to back with the pale ale, and wow was this a contrast in style.

Huge hop bite, mostly grapefruit citrus but definitely some orange and exotics mixed in as well ... but mostly grapefruit. The flavor is explosive. Some malty sweetness to round it out. Pours with a nice two/three inch head and has a beautiful amber/orange sheen to it.

One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of illidurit
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewery. The first pour is great, and the pint just as delicious as it is straight from the tap. This beer kept well over the 2 days it lasted, perhaps a little better than the growler of Speedway kept. The malt was a little understated for the last pour but that signature delicious tropical smell and quintessential hop smack were alive and well.

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Photo of cameraman
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden color with touches of amber along the sides of the glass, with a two inch off white colored head sits atop. A strong floral, earthy, and citrusy scent overwhelms the nose, then a slight mild scentof malt comes through. The taste starts with citrus and grassy flavors encircles the palate from front to back, surrounding a mild malty flavor in the middle. The mouthfeel is slightly heavy at the front the front, then thins out at the back. This beer is a hopheads delight, strong hoppy aroma and flavor, though more malt in the flavor and a more even mouthfeel would make this more drinkable.

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Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's in El Segundo

Nice golden color with a solid head for an IPA

Hops stand out in this beer and it has a nice dry and bitter aftertaste

Taste really started to come out towards the ned when the beer warmed

Would definitely have again

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden color, with a thick white frothy pale head. The hops are intense with a beautiful floral component. The flavor of carapils and pale malts nearly offsets the hop bitterness, but instead creates a foundation for a truely great flavor. I wish that I could create the high alpha acid aroma that this brewer has perfected in this bottle. It's awesome. It goes down so damn smooth. This is near perfect as an IPA is concerned. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass IPA. It's got malt complexity. It's got hop character. This is a highly drinkable beer period.

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Photo of bradford
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at BevMo San Luis Obispo
Looked good. Light orange with a big white frothy head that stayed longer than anticipated. Carbonation present throughout with lots of bubbles
Smelled good. Citrusy piney hops
Tasted good, Plenty of malt to accompany the heavy amount of hops
Mouthfeel was abit lacking for me. With the smell and taste, I expected a heavy feeliing to go along with it. But I was SLIGHTLY let down. Very slightly.
Drinkability wasn't super high as this was quite filling. A very good beer, but I thought it would be more.
Very good, recommended

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Photo of shroompod
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into Orval chalice. Nice slightly cloudy golden color. Rocky head with some lacing.

This beer has floral/citrus bouquet . Some caramel sweetness.

Taste is predominantly hoppy with citrusy notes, a nice malty backbone. A slight touch of alcohol comes through, in a pleasant bourbony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

Overall I can see myself knocking back a few of these.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug from a fresh growler filled over the weekend.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark bronze color -- clear with a nice slightly off-white head, eventually turning to a film and lacing the glass.

Smell: Has an aroma of piney hops with an underlying sap-like semi-sweetness.

Taste: An interestingly balanced IPA with more noticable sweetness than you'd typically expect. But no worries -- there's still plenty of bitter piney hop flavors too. Very tasty, but a bit less crisp than I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Generally quite smooth, yet with a tad bit of grainyness at the finish. Moderate levels of carbonation.

Drinkability: Really nice and easy to consume.

Nice having it from a growler; it's a very enjoyable beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side a bit too much (taste-wise), but nevertheless a nice offering from AleSmith. I prefer their Summer YuleSmith Double IPA, but this will have to do during the rest of the year.

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Photo of cueball52
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a nice robust head. The head settles to a nice frothy coating that lingers to the end.
It has a piny, grassy, citrus hop aroma.
The taste shows a nice balance of malt and hops with a very full mouth-feel. Smooth and creamy.
Nice, slightly burnt malt aftertaste.
Very drinkable and nicely done.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass. Hazy, orange with chunky three finger head and moderate lacing.

Sweet hops jump out: orange, pineapple, with a dash of spice. Not much low end to this one in the malt department.

If you are looking for a bitter, west coast IPA look no further. The bitter-tart flavor lingers for quite some time. Mouthfeel leaves a pucker finish, pretty light.

Pretty easy to put down. Decent IPA but not overly impressed.

**edit - after letting the beer warm a bit - much better**

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Photo of kernalklink
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a damn fine IPA. Poured darker amber with a great billowing sticky head. Settled down and the aromas were flowing- great earthy hops and cool, almost roasted malts. The complex flavors were abundant and very satisfying- big, in your face hop bitterness with a lot of piney, but not resinous flavor. Malts were surprisingly well represented and gave the brew a nice smooth sweetness and kept the hops at bay. The finish was the best part by far- huge hop flavor without the IBU explosion and lasting bitterness. Reminds me of a more refined Brooklyn IPA, and very well done- highly recommended.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a gynormous frothy head that lasts forever. Laces throughout the entire beer and looks delicious. Smells are abundant. Hoppy but not a slap in the face. Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, rind, pine. Tastes exactly as it smells, exquisite and complex, all covered in hops. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with low carbonation. A session beer for sure. Love how this is an obvious IPA but is so complex and different at the same time. A classic.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First AleSmith and I've been looking forward to this one for a while.

Nice golden color with a big creamy white head. Nice lacing that has amazingly fine bubbles and leaves a creamy almost frosted coating on the glass.

When I pop the 22 oz bomber i'm hit with a huge burst of grapefruit right off the bat. I think of all the hop smells you can get, grapefruit is my favorite and this one has tons of it. Behind that you get a mild piney note also.

First taste gives me a huge burst of the piney notes that I had just a faint hint at in the smell. It amazes me that the grapefruit can stand out so much in the smell and then be almost replaced by the pine taste. Taste finishes with just a hint of sweetness that lets you know that ther is some malt in this one. It's the perfect balance to just take the edge off. Full bodied solid brew. I love the cheek puckering hops but it manages to not be overly bitter somehow. As you drink more of this one the pine hops starts to take over the smell also, but again it somehow manages to not be overpowering. What a great brew.

If this is what AleSmith has to offer I can't wait to try the other 3 have in the cellar. I just with they were easier to get around here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber, procured at the BevMo in Cypress, CA,

A: Pours a dark, murky amber, excellent head, though, very creamy and fluffy, leaves excellent lacing in a pint glass.

S: As expected, fragrant hops, with lots of pine and citrus.

T: Upfront, the problem I have with this beer is its alcohol content, the alcohol is too robust for this style, it felt like I was drinking a 10-11% beer instead of 7%, other than that, it's standard IPA, very citrusy, and hoppy.

M: Chewy, resiny, and warming.

D: Drinkability is lowered due to the high alcohol effect. Not a bad beer, I've had this beer several times and it just hasn't impressed me. Which is weird since I've loved the other offerings from Alesmith that I have had, most notably Yulesmith (Both Summer and Winter), and Speedway. The first couple of times that I had had it were bad batches, with almost no carbonation, so I discounted my opinion, and would try again. I've had it about 3 other times since then, including the review beer, and aside from the appearance, it just doesn't do it for me. Go figure, though I recommend, however, that any IPA fan try it, if they can get it, it is certainly well made, just not for me.

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Photo of genog
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As tpd975 I have supplied him with Alesmith for a few trades. And tonight the dealer dipped into his own stash.
Pours in my pint glass a rich foamy white, white head that I can imagine is not going away anytime soon. copper golden color.
Smell is a slight floral, hoppy aroma.
Taste is very high on the hops. Very little malt balance, but yet this beer is not overpowering.
Carbonation is high and very enjoyable.

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Photo of tpd975
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one came via a trade with genog. He has been my AleSmith hookup and I am quite thankful for that.

A: A nice peachy copper color with a big thunderous head upon the pour. There is wonderful thick lacing left behind as I slowly enjoy this brew.

S: Lots of hops. Huge aroma with Pine and Citrus in the forefront. There are nice malty undertones and a buttery aroma which help to make this a perfectly balanced brew.

T: The taste is where this beer shines. Lots of citrus... grapefruit, oranges, lemon, you name it it's in there. There are tons of citrus hops in this one. There is also a nice caramel sweetness from the malt. The bitterness of the hops is well stated and really lingers. Quite possibly the best IPA I have ever had.

M: Medium bodied IPA with lots of fizz upon the pour. The oiliness of the hops hang around letting you enjoy the lingering effects of this beer.

D: Very drinkable. I put down the bomber no problem after drinking a Nugget Nectar....Man its good to be Me.

Overall: AleSmith is one of if not the best brewery in America. Their entire lineup of beers are impressive. They rank in the top 5 with their Stout, IPA, and DIPA... My core drinking brews. They take great care in putting out an outstanding product and it shows. This is quite possibly the best IPA in the world, and it comes in bombers...I realllly like that.. Man I wish I could get it by the growler.

Bravo AleSmith.... this one ranks right up there with your Speedway and YuleSmith and is deserving of its TOP 100 ranking. I can't wait to try more AleSmith brews... BAers bring on the trades.

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Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Portland, OR

Poured a clear, dark orangey-amber body with an enormous three-finger, light tan, sea foam head that slowly dropped to a clingy film. The copious lacing left thick, drippy rings all down the glass.

The aroma was rich, fruity and hoppy, yet balanced. Citrusy hops, canned peaches and pineapple, mango and sweet caramel malts came through strong.

The taste, however, was hoppy and quite bitter from start to finish. Supple, malt creaminess was noticeable up front before the piney, cascade hops took over. Some spiciness was also apparent. As the beer warmed, the hops seemed to take on a rather perfumy, floral-like flavor, but they soon turned piney and bitter once again. The alcohol showed it strength on the back end and lasted into the puckeringly dry, bitter and slightly tannic finish. Strong notes of pine, resin and grapefruit lingered on my palate for what seemed to be an eternity.

The body was medium with a creamy, silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel, and a fine, even carbonation. As I anticipated, this was a huge IPA.

Although I appreciated many of the more "extreme" aspects of this beer, I wish there was a bit more balance to counteract the intense bitterness.

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Photo of btcook007
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=Slightly cloudy amber color out of the bottle. HUGE head which stuck around forever, leaving beautiful Belgian lace as it dissipated.

S=Sweet, with some citrus and pine hoppiness.

T=Sweet,. caramel-y foretaste followed by nicely bitter, hoppy midtaste. Nicely balanced.

M=Wonderful, full, rich mouthfeel. The carbonation and rich alcohol content stay with you a long time.

D=Excellent. Very balanced, with a nice full maltiness that balances the hoppy nature of this beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First pour is slightly cloudy from the pint plus six bottle, haze increases as the bottle is finished. Amber color that thins a bit towards the bottom, while a host of rushing bubbles make their way to the two finger full off white head.

The magnificent look is matched by the powerful and flavorful nose, nothing new for a San Diego IPA but very well done: piney, floral, and citric hops out-muscling slightly sweet caramel malts. The flavor is every bit the progeny of this awesome aroma, as the rich sweet malt provides a sturdy backbone but comes nowhere close to touching the citric vibrant and pine-bitter hopping. There is a certain amount of fruitiness derived from esters in the yeast, but also some citric zest from the hopping.

Medium to full in body, with a dry full finish of lingering bitterness. Alcohol makes its first appearance here, although it could be argued that the spicy bitterness betrays a higher alcohol content than many/most Am. IPAs. Either way, it lets you know you're drinking a powerhouse, an incredibly tasty IPA that, even if not quite 'balanced', steps right up to the line of a double IPA - maybe sticks a toe over - but remains very drinkable and delicious (and dangerous) not matter what the style.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The body was clear and a warm yellow/golden color. The head was light tan and over three fingers tall. The head left a clingy lace down the glass.

Smell was citrus and pine needles. Peppery. There was a light graininess in the flavor.

Taste was juicy and lightly sweet. Citrus juices and tropical fruits. Canned pineapple. This one was more mellow than I had expected. A flavorful yet restrained California IPA.

Mouthfeel was rounded yet zippy. Medium in body.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber-colored, cloudy and thick, small bits of sediment floating around. Great head retention; again, it's very thick and leaves clumps of foam all over the walls of the glass.

Smell: Very balanced between malt and hops. Sweet grapefruit and a bit of pine.

Taste: Fruity, both tropical and citrus; rich, bready malts. It becomes dry toward the finish with piney, oily hops that lead to a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Remarkably balanced, this isn't an over-the-top IPA at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit oily on the palate. Bottle conditioning provides a smooth, mellow carbonation.

Drinkability: Incredibly easy to drink thanks to its perfectly balanced flavor and texture.

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